WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-800-894-9131.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
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You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-800-894-9131.
ReEntry Theatre Program Turns Life Experiences Into Art
February 22, 2016
Ithaca (WENY) -- Ithaca's community organization, Civic Ensemble, promotes theater as not only an art form, but a way to explore and express social, political, and cultural issues in modern society. One of their newest outreach efforts, which began last year, is the ReEntry Theatre Program. This is specifically designed for those who have been previously incarcerated at any point in time, whether it be one week ago, or two years ago.
Each person in the ReEntry Theatre Program writes an original short play about their own experiences in life. Professional actors with Civic Ensemble, and all program participants, work together to bring each play to life.
"Ithaca is a place that is very rich in raw, untapped talent. What the Civic Ensemble has done has found a way to give its participants the right tools to unlock and realize their full potential," says Christopher Hartman, one of this year's play participants.
Christopher says he's always been interested in music and poetry, but the unique structure of the play program is allowing him to expand his creativity by learning from others.
"You've got people in this group that have been in hardly any trouble, and you've got people who are just fresh comin out of prison that heard about it that want to participate. So like I said, you got all kinds of different people, and every one of them is highly intelligent and very talented in their own way," Hartman says.
"We collaborate, we have to do teamwork, we learn writing. We actually learn the skill of play-writing, everything that goes around theatre and being part of a community right off the bat," explains Sarah Chalmers, Director of Civic Engagement with Civic Ensemble.
Aside from being a platform for learning skills, the act of performing the plays for an audience and creating a dialogue is what Civic Ensemble believes is why the arts are essential.
"For Civic Ensemble, theater and the process of making theater is integral and should be at the center of our community. Arts and culture drives change," Chalmers explains.
When asked why people should see the play, Christopher Hartman says it will be worth your time.
"It's going to be fun! It's going to be a great night out. And maybe they'll get to see things they've never experienced in theatre before!" Chris says.
The plays will be presented to the public on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanger Theatre in Ithaca. Plus, the performances are FREE and open to the public.
For ticket reservations, just to ensure you have a spot, go to civicensemble.org.
Christopher Hartman (left), Sarah Chalmers (right)